Make your Prius quieter mod

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by Braddles.au, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Braddles.au

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    Ever felt that your Prius was too loud? A run of weather seal tape around the doors can reduce road noise.

    I used Moroday MWS4 open cell foam tape, 6mm thick and 9mm wide, following the outline of the rubber on the door where it contacts the car body. Could have got better results if the tape was a rubber hollow tube like Moroday MWS11, like a small version of what is on the door. But the foam tape was $3.20 for 5m and I couldn't find rubber tape of the right size.
    The front doors use just under 4m and the rear doors about 3m of tape, so a 15m roll should suffice.
    I used a off-cut to seal the gap flush the bonnet (hood) and wing (fender). It might be possible to seal the door gaps flush Unlike doors, I applied this seal flush in the gap.
    A didn't seal the hatch... the gaps are huge but I just thought that the rain has to go somewhere.

    The inspiration was from a Japanese magazine Prius Style RV 2 and at amon.co.jp The process is should translate fairly well in your favourite browser. And there's plenty more DIY stuff on the same site.

    I didn't do a before and after with a sound pressure meter, so don't expect proof. I spend $13 and I'll be damned if anyone suggests that I wasted my money. :)
     
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    Ok then, good for you mate!
     
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    If you follow OP's link, there are walk-through pictures of each step
     
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    The steps are fairly clear on the 3 pages. The key step is to run a water-based marker around the door rubber and then shut it. The line is where the tape should go. It might seems obvious from the contour of the door frame, but you want the door rubber to sit on the tape as the door closes, not shear across it.
    Oh, and start from the door strap as that's the only cut you should need. Don't be tempted to cut to get around a corner as the ends will never stay together.
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    Have you noticed a large difference. I am wanting to do the same or similar mod.
    Thanks
     
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    ok im going to try this mod and post pics and even a youtube video of some sort, i drive on the highway so much and my old age prius is past the 300,000km mark. I need that new car feel and making it quieter for less than 20$? I am down as I have difficulty talking to people on the phone or listening to some podcasts since i don't have aux luxury like the new cars.
     
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    It won't reduce the sound like laying sound deadening material throughout. However, it should take the edge off road noise and vibration and give a slightly more satisfying thud when closing the door.

    I've since purchased Moroday Special-seal MWS 11 (as hinted at in the original post). The specs are 9mm wide, 6mm high for gaps of 3-5mm (0.35in, 0.24in, 0.12-0.2in) Compared to the foam, the EPDM rubber is waterproof and because it is closed loop it should absorb sound and reduce vibration in the door better. The rubber is stiffer than the door rubber.

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    http://www.moroday.com.au/files/MWS%2011(4).pdf
    Moroday might not be available outside Australia, but any company that makes weather seals should have a similar product.
     
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    damn going to have to find a similar product in canada... did you try sound deadening material for your prius or just the tape trick? You think a car that cheats the wind like the prius would be ultra quiet on the highway... but noooooooooooo!
     
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    My previous car was a Citro├źn C5 that was so quiet, soft, squidgy and comfortable that any car short of a Rolls would sound and feel like a Mazda RX-7 on 22" wheels by comparison.

    I haven't added soundproofing to the car; just the tape. There are several good good threads devoted (and I mean devoted) to soundproofing on this forum, so check those for details.
    Australia generally has coarse-chip roads, so every car sounds loud no matter what tyres you have on. Sealing the doors helps keep dust out too.
     
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    that foam tape may hold water like a sponge!
    finding the right tape is difficult ...i tried with put could'nt get it to stick well to prius paint
    so hopefully someone will inspire us
     
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